A few months back, a new business appeared in my small Oregon town. Its shelves were packed with tinctures, jars of salve, coffee beans, bath bombs — even beard oil. This variety collection shared important ingredient: CBD.
Produced by the cannabis plant, CBD is the straitlaced cousin of marijuana’s more famous ingredient ,the THC that delivers a mind-swirling high. CBD, or cannabidiol, has no such intoxicating effects on the mind. Yet the molecule has captured people’s attention in an amazing way, sold as a remedy for pain, anxiety, insomnia and other ailments — all without the high.
That corner store, CBD Science, is far from alone in its efforts to sell people on the benefits of CBD oil, which is found in both marijuana and hemp, two versions of the Cannabis sativa plant. CBD is popping up in products in walgreens, cvs,pet stores, coffee shops and the health and beauty sections of mainstream grocery stores. It’s even being brewed into beer. I left the shop with a $5 bottle of water infused with “5,000,000 nanograms” of CBD.
“So far, messages of CBD’s purported health benefits come from people trying to sell CBD products — not from scientists, says Margaret Haney, a neurobiologist who directs the Marijuana Research Laboratory at Columbia University. A gaping chasm separates the surging CBD oil market and the scientific evidence backing it. While there are reasons to be excited about CBD, the science just isn’t there yet”, Haney says.
Water Soluble CBD Oil Research
Cannabidiol comes in a variety of forms. Liquid, gummy bears, capsules. the problem with most of these is absorbing into the blood stream. Most of these have only a 1% absorption in human beings. A new patented form of water soluble CBD oil has a 40% absorption into the body.
In a 2019 study published in peer reviewed journal, Neurology, researchers found that 88.3% of patients with chronic migraines who were given CBD oil reported less pain, along with improvements in sleep, anxiety, and mood. Headaches are the most common symptom after an injury or concussion, with the most common type of headache resembling a migraine, according to the American Migraine Foundation. Researchers found that significantly more patients taking the water soluble CBD softgels reported headache reduction than those taking the 1:1 (THC to CBD) ratio.
A january 2018 comprehensive journal review found evidence for various therapeutic benefits of CBD, especially in the treatment of migraine and headache.”
A 2018 survey of oncology doctors regarding CBD found that “sixty-seven percent viewed it as a helpful adjunct to standard pain management strategies”. In the new university study, cancer doctors said their were taking CBD oil daily for cancer symptoms . Overall, nearly eight in 12 cancer doctors reported having discussed marijuana and CBD with patients or their families, with 47 percent recommending it for pain and other cancer-related problems to at least half of their patients in the past year.
In June, 2017 a new research study was introduced to the Veteran’s Affairs Committee that would “encourage the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to start looking at CBD oil as a viable remedy with positive health outcomes of covered veterans diagnosed with chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other conditions.
A december 2018 report by the World Health Organization, in its research of diseases for which CBD may have therapeutic benefits lists pain relief effects in patients with neuropathic pain resistant to other drugs or treatments.
CBD treatment to reduce insomnia and anxiety
A November 2017 report by the World Health Organization (WHO), in its “Overview of diseases for which CBD may have therapeutic benefits” lists “Anxiety: Reduction of muscular tension, restlessness, fatigue, problems in concentration, improvement of social interactions in rodent models of anxiety and stress, reduced social anxiety in patients.”
A 2017 study states that “Preliminary research into cannabis and insomnia suggests that cannabidiol (CBD) may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of insomnia.”
Another 2017 study found that “Preliminary research into cannabis and insomnia suggests that cannabidiol (CBD) may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of insomnia. CBD may hold promise for REM sleep behavior disorder.”
The podcast episode featured a study investigating CBD effects on sleep in rats, found that “CBD appears to increase total sleep time.”
A 2009 study treated people with a combination of CBD and THC for a variety of diseases including multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathic pain, intractable cancer pain, and rheumatoid arthritis with no need for CBD dosage increases over time.